By Chris Apgar, CISSP, a Partner of Phoenix Health Systems Twitter: @PhoenixHealthIT The Office of Civil Rights (OCR) is in the midst of the latest round of HIPAA audits. If your organization is a business associate (BA) or a covered entity (CE) and it’s not already prepared, you have a challenge facing you. The CE desk audits are almost complete and…
By D’Arcy Gue, VP, Industry Relations, Phoenix Health Systems Twitter: @DarcyGue A HIPAA-related bomb hit the healthcare industry this summer. The Office of Civil Rights slapped a landmark penalty on a business associate - to the tune of $650,000. This was the first ever penalty on a business associate and gives sharp teeth to the 2013 Omnibus HIPAA Rule provision that HIPAA…
By Matt Fisher, Esq Twitter: @matt_r_fisher Host of Healthcare de Jure – #HCdeJure The HIPAA spotlight is beginning to shine brightly on business associates. Covered entities have long had their time to star, so it is only fair to share the stage now. It is likely that covered entities are only too happy to have the Office for Civil Rights…
By Mike Semel Twitter: @SemelConsulting HIPAA Audits Have Begun. Will Your Business Associates Cause You to Fail? The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) announced that the new permanent audit program has started. On July 11 letters were sent BY E-MAIL (check your junk mail folders!) to 167 health plans, health care providers, and health care clearing houses (all HIPAA Covered…
By Matt Fisher, Esq Twitter: @matt_r_fisher Host of Healthcare de Jure – #HCdeJure Potentially lost in the week leading up to the July 4th holiday weekend, the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) announced its latest HIPAA related breach settlement. The settlement is one of the first directed at a business associate and serves as a pointed reminder that business associates…
By Bob Grant, Chief Strategy Officer, Compliancy Group Twitter: @compliancygroup The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) released an updated Audit Protocol that it plans to use while investigating health care entities for HIPAA compliance. The biggest change to the audit protocol is the distinction that OCR has made between what’s required of Business…
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Indemnification: Is It Needed In A Business Associate Agreement? By Matthew Fisher Twitter: @matt_r_fisher The requirement for Covered Entities under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (“HIPAA”) to enter into a Business Associate Agreement (“BAA”) with Business Associates has received a significant amount of attention following the release of the HIPAA Omnibus Rule on January 23, 2013 (the “Omnibus…
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